On the tyranny of experts However, it is less frequently noted that deference to traditional authority has given way to the reverence of expertise. James's blog Comments Shuler and McIntrye Tweedledee and Tweedledumb? Progressives to Blue Dogs and Obama No public option? No mandates, no deal. If mandates pass without a public option, I predict a fatal fracturing of the Democratic Party in national politics with a full-fledged revolt among progressives. (In North Carolina state government, you can count the progressive elected officials on one hand ... so it doesn't really matter what they do.) Loser and contract-breaker Carrie Prejean feted by Civitas Lest anyone forget this weekend that the Art Pope-funded Civitas Institute is bringing heavyweights such as Carrie Prejean to educate conservatives in NC.... Make teh stupid stop. It hurts! Did I mention Carrie Prejean LOST to Miss North Carolina? Why snub the hometown girl, Civitots? I can spot their motives from a mile away. This isn't about getting a "fresh" perspective from a young, attractive Conservative female, it's about buttressing the idea that LGBT folks represent a growing threat. I guarantee you efforts to pass a (NC) DOMA will be back in the news within a day or two of this event. True But doesn't it also feel like last gasps? When things have devolved to parades of beautiful women like this person and Sarah Palin as political theater, the end is surely near. These folks who would deny equality to gays are only years away from being an unfairly persecuted minority. Will she do Q&A at the Saturday luncheon? What I wouldn't give for someone to ask her why her GOD-GIVEN breasts weren't good enough for her? Why redefine her breasts? They were MADE that way by GOD. Why did she have to alter GOD's plan for her natural body to try become a celebrated employee for one year of one of Donald Trump's subsidiaries? After all, God created woman for Adam's rib. How could some California plastic surgeon improve on his glorious work? Do you think Fran DeLuca will pose the question for me? Please, Fran? We need to know what conservative leaders are learning! "God" has given us the availability of "expertise". There just cannot be anyone here that believes that Nancy Pelosi hasn't had plastic surgery to her face. I mean, c'mon people, she looks like a deer in the headlights. So, anyone that considers downgrading people other than Nancy Pelosi, remember this. God gave human beings the ability to have expertise in many areas. One of those areas, arguably, is plastic surgery. If you are someone that believes that god has made us in his image and that the exact way we look is how "he" wants us to look, then you will certainly disagree with me. If you think differently, you can see that god enabled humans to help themselves, not only in how they cure each other medically but in how they look. It is not a far stretch to believe that sort of thing. I do. I believe that a young teenager that has a problem with her sagging chin or extreme acne or is medically unable to keep her weight under control that is helped by a doctor is NOT taking advantage of what god has given us as humans to improve our plight. It is what god wants us to do, in my opinion. I know that this will not be viewed as acceptable by fundamentalist christians, but it is how I feel, regardless. Private Communist Beauty Medicare Therapy? God gave human beings the ability to have expertise in many areas. One of those areas, arguably, is plastic surgery. If you are someone that believes that god has made us in his image and that the exact way we look is how "he" wants us to look, then you will certainly disagree with me.* Foxtrot You got that right! Who wants to look like a ugly piss off Republican God who wants Obama ass no matter how many plastic surgery doctors he has on his ugly death panels......By the way, one of the biggest income plastic surgery markets in the world is Costa Rica who offers massive discounts for plastic surgery [ About 70 % less than the USA and 45% less than Eurpora markets] with free Airfare from the USA to Costa Rica to have the surgery done at a AAAA Tourist Resort. On their Operation Rooms Doors, there is a sign that says, " We will make you look like a Apollo God or a Hot Venus Goddess, And if you are a Communist Atheist, you will be ugly as Stalin" You're trying too hard, Mad Town You would be well advised to stick with your past "schtick", Mad Town. You're trying WAY too hard to be cute. I said before that you crack me up and are a hoot. Try not to get too ludicrous and absurd. It doesn't suit you. Just some advice. BBQ or Showtime? You're trying WAY too hard to be cute* Foxtrot Not really! I am retired and really don't care what happens with my persona.......I never worry about fans, I have one heck of a following as some folks have found out the hard way over the years......Like Leno, some days you are hot and other days, you are Joe The Plumber at a Sara Palin Eskimo BBQ as the main menu with the Baby Seals.... By the way! If you can't afford the Costa Rica face surgery, I have a friend in the Republican Party who will do it for $ 1.00 dollar providing you can outshout Congressman Joe Wilson at the next Obama Speech..... A martyr simplex Miss California, that is. Smarts On Pope's Parade? Speakers include Grover Norquist, one of the country's leading critics of government-run programs and president of Americans for Tax Reform. He shares Friday's spotlight with the author of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam." Discussions Saturday include how to be heard on the radio, write a newspaper opinion essay and take on city hall. The lunch speaker is former Miss California Carrie Prejean, who blamed her loss in the Miss USA pageant on her comments opposing same-sex marriage.* WRAL Story Will there be a IQ test given to the Speakers before the event by Art Pope? Same-sex marriage in Miss USA pageant This was probably the most unfair question that has ever been asked a participant in the Miss USA pageant. Everyone in the U.S. has an opinion on same-sex marriage and most of these opinions are based on what we're taught in childhood or in a church or synagogue or by whatever religious sect that a young person is directed to belong to or attend. By denying Miss California the title because her answer was against what is "politically correct" in many venues in our country, it politicizes the pageant. It is a shame that came about. Don't get me wrong, I believe that same-sex marriages should be not only allowed but should be sanctioned in the U.S. so that "partners" get the same benefits as heterosexual, married individuals in the legal setting. But, in this setting, this was wrong and it put this young woman in a very precarious situation and wrongly decided on her capability to be Miss USA just because of her answer. If we want people to be "free" in our society to believe as we wish, then we cannot allow this kind of thing to happen, regardless how we feel about any particular issue. Who doesn't love politicizing their soft porn? This was probably the most unfair question that has ever been asked a participant in the Miss USA pageant. Wow. this was wrong and it put this young woman in a very precarious situation and wrongly decided on her capability to be Miss USA just because of her answer. Just wow. I'd hate for a commercial, profit-driven pageant to ask about whirled peas or anything political. Congressman Wilson True Lies at Beauty Contest? This was probably the most unfair question that has ever been asked a participant in the Miss USA pageant.* Foxtrot Not really! In the 1906 Miss USA pageant. Miss Ohio was ask "why a dumb blond like her should have the right to vote?" as the first question and the second question was "If Women were allowed by God to fly! Why didn't God attach Wings to their lower backside?" Miss Ohio answers were  "I am not a blond you idiot, get some glasses!"  "So you believe that Satan is behind my beauty you idiot?" ..... Miss California answer should have been " I had no idea that I have enter a Republician crossdressing transgender beauty contest by mistake" Best part But the consolidation of the political role of experts, and the reliance of politicians on expert advice rather than their own analysis, has encouraged a form of authority that violates the fundamental norms of democratic accountability. Guess who wants to privatize Medicare Not Tom Fetzer "privatize Medicare"???? I am hard pressed to find ANYONE that is trying to make a case to "privatize" Medicare. Medicare might be in a financial crunch, but it is, in my considered opinion, the very best government program that has ever been implemented. Ask our seniors. The percentage of them that are happy with Medicare is astronomical. Yes, our politicians must continue to work on how this viable, excellent government program can be funded into the future. But, anyone that says it is not good for 1/4th of our citizens (people above age 65) is an idiot. LOL "Financial crunch" is a very nice way of putting it. ---------------------- "The natural wage of labor is its product." -- Benjamin R. Tucker A liberal is someone who thinks the system is broken and needs to be fixed, whereas a radical understands it’s working the way it’s supposed to. Always the cynic I'm thinking few here expected anything other than that from you, Quigley. Yep, Medicare is having a funding problems, what program at this point in time isn't? That's something that must be worked on. It doesn't take away from how good a program Medicare is and has been and will be for our seniors. Again, few here that read your posts didn't think that if you did post here, there certainly wouldn't be anything positive. THE BEST BUMPER STICKER EVER When McCain picked Palin for VP I made a comment that got me in hot water with some of the fine people on this list. It was a little sexist and a little racy and I asked the forgiveness of the list. Well boys and girls,I saw the best bumper sticker ever today,and would be amiss not to share it with you even thought it might get me back in hot water with a few on this list. So before I pose it, let me beg the indulgences of the list for my very politically incorrect comment. " SARAH PALIN - Just another lying Bush " Hmmmm It took 8 lines of script here for you to apologize ahead of time before you posted a stupid remark. Nice going. You have better things to say, don't you? Speaking out of both sides of your mouth, foxtrot? So the bumper sticker is not OK with you FT, but looking up Cheerleader's skirts is OK? What the hell is the difference? Sexism and Racism are still alive and well in America. People in general feel guilty about racism, often pretending, "Who, me?" But prejudice against women does not evoke any guilt feelings. What is up with this bumper sticker refererence? I'm not okay with the bumper sticker, really and I apologize for offending you on the post with regard to "looking up skirts". Best thing you and I can do is let this one go. I'm not going to get into some kind of pissing match with you on this. I've said what I think and see where it can be taken as you have taken it. Go on to something else, and I will also. Thanks. Hot water There is always hot water, until it runs out. :) On another topic, a friend once told me he thought sarcasm was among the worst of transgressions ... and I've come to agree. Sarcasm is easy and it's everywhere. Foxtrot's nice going , used sarcastically, feels like a razor blade to me. A rebuke with intention to demean. These days I prefer straight up, clear and direct anger, unvarnished by cleverness and not a drop of sarcasm. Y'all play nice. Little stuffy in here Lighten up a little bit. I am enjoying some ice cream and unwinding from the week. There is much wisdom in Buggs Bunny Remember Foghorn Leghorn's famous quote. " It's a joke son "